Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister Pham Binh Minh received US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink in
Hanoi on January 8, highly valuing his guest’s role in promoting the two
countries’ comprehensive partnership.
Deputy PM Minh expressed his
delight at the substantive progress in bilateral relations in 2018, noting
frequent meetings and delegation exchanges, the dynamic development of economic
ties with the US’s exports to Vietnam up 23 percent year on year as of late
October, good coordination under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement,
and strides in security-defence cooperation and the settlement of war
The two sides have completed the
project on environmental remediation of dioxin contamination at Da Nang airport
of Da Nang city and are carrying out a similar project in Bien Hoa airport of
Dong Nai province.
The Fulbright University Vietnam
project is also being implemented well, he added.
Minh applauded the close coordination
between the US Embassy and the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, and proposed that
the two countries keep working closely in politics-diplomacy, economy-trade,
security-defence and international issues.
At the meeting, Ambassador
Kritenbrink highlighted the upward trend of bilateral relations since the trip
to the US by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the visit to Vietnam by
President Donald Trump in 2017. He also hailed the outcomes of the meeting between
US Vice President Mike Pence and PM Phuc on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit
in Singapore last November.
The diplomat thanked the
Government, ministries and sectors of Vietnam for promoting the two countries’
connections. He noted that US enterprises attach importance to the Vietnamese
market and want to continue expanding their investment and business activities
The US considers Vietnam as a
leading partner in the region and wishes to develop relations with the country
as well as ASEAN for peace, cooperation and development. It also hopes to
strengthen collaboration in issues relating to the Mekong sub-region, the
freedom and safety of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, and the
implementation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions,
On this occasion, the ambassador
conveyed President Trump’s New Year greetings to Party General Secretary and
President Nguyen Phu Trong and PM Phuc.